en·​large·​ment | \ in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio) , en- \

Definition of enlargement

1 : an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged
2 : a photographic print larger than the negative that is made by projecting the negative image through a lens onto a photographic printing surface

Examples of enlargement in a Sentence

Symptoms include enlargement of the lymph nodes. The plans call for an enlargement of the company's offices.
Recent Examples on the Web The prospect of a significant enlargement of the state underscores the major political shifts brought about by the pandemic. Andrew Atkinson, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Set for Tax Hikes as Bigger State Seen Outlasting Covid," 28 Sep. 2020 The second, a 0.4-mill increase in taxes for construction, enlargement, renovation, and financing, amounts to $14 a year in new taxes per $100,000 of home value. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "Which Cuyahoga cities and schools are asking for tax increase in the November 2020 election?," 23 Sep. 2020 Yet even then, Democrats refused to threaten court enlargement, choosing instead to issue stern statements of displeasure before meekly rolling over. David Faris, The New Republic, "Four New Justices, No Matter What," 22 Sep. 2020 The disease causes coughs, fever, chills, diarrhea, and gland enlargement. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "The 10 Deadliest Animals on Earth," 5 Aug. 2020 The left ventricle of the heart may show enlargement. Betty Lin-fisher, USA TODAY, "Stress from coronavirus pandemic can lead to 'broken heart syndrome,' study finds," 9 July 2020 Some of the drugs are now used to treat male pattern baldness or prostate enlargement. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Male sex hormones appear to help the coronavirus infiltrate human cells," 8 July 2020 But the enlargement of the tournament from 24 to 32 teams encouraged the Kiwis to form a joint bid with Australia. Washington Post, "Women’s World Cup heads to a welcome Down Under in 2023," 26 June 2020 This sudden enlargement of the public sphere is a response to Donald Trump’s mastery of belittlement. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "The Unpresident and the Unredeemed Promise," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of enlargement

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of enlargement was in 1540

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“Enlargement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlargement. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce enlargement (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enlargement

: the act of making something larger or of becoming larger
: a larger copy of a photograph


en·​large·​ment | \ in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio) \

Kids Definition of enlargement

1 : an act of making or growing larger
2 : the state of having been made or having grown larger
3 : a larger copy of a photograph


en·​large·​ment | \ in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio) \

Medical Definition of enlargement

: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged enlargement of the heart

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